Xandra Ibarra: Nude Laughing

Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

Nude Laughing

In an endurance-based performance of laughing while nude, Ibarra drags a nylon skin cocoon filled with paradigmatic “white lady accoutrements." She engages the vexed entanglements that racialized subjects have with whiteness and white womanhood, and she embodies the skein of race, negotiating the joys and pains of subjection, abjection, and personhood.


Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the US/Mexico border who sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses performance, video, and sculpture to address abjection and joy. She has been awarded the Art Matters Grant, NALAC Fund for the Arts, ReGen Fund, the Franklin Furnace Award, and the Queer Art Prize Award.